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New Term Begins

Our school reopened last Tuesday, 2 May, and this term will run until the beginning of August.

Children leaving school at the end of the day

End of term

The school term ended on 4 April, so the school is now closed for the holidays. We will reopen on 2 May.

CVC children leaving school

We are still fundraising so that our children can have porridge for breakfast next term, as many of them come to school without eating breakfast. Click here to donate through our M-Changa fundrsaing page

Thank you for your support 🙂

Fundraising for breakfast at school – can you help?

Many of the children at CVC come from poor families who struggle to feed them, so they often come to school without eating breakfast. When they are hungry it is hard for them to concentrate in class.

Serving porridge to the children

To reduce the level of hunger, at the beginning of March we started giving all the children porridge three mornings a week. Thanks to a donation from a friend of CVC, we have been able to buy enough to last for the rest of this term.

Children drinking their porridge

To continue feeding them porridge three days a week for the whole of the next term will cost us US$470 (click for detailed budget). We would like to raise the money by 2 May as that is when the new term begins. Please donate if you can and share this request with your family and friends.

Children drinking their porridge

The easiest way to donate is through our fundraising page on M-Changa where international donors can use PayPal or a credit card, and Kenyans can send money through M-Pesa and other mobile money services. If you prefer to transfer your donation directly to our bank account, or use Western Union or MoneyGram, please get in contact.

Thank you for your support which will make a real difference to the children at our school 🙂

2017 school statistics

This year we have 280 children in our school, 144 girls and 136 boys. Around two thirds are refugees, mostly from DR Congo and South Sudan, and the rest are Kenyan.

CVC school children

CVC school children

University students visit CVC

Last week a group of students from Pan Africa Christian (PAC) University in Nairobi visited the school. They shared their Christian faith with the children, encouraged them to work hard so that some of them may also go to university in the future and reminded them about the importance of peace during the elections that will be held in August. They also donated some clothes to the school.

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

PAC university student with the children

More piglets

One of our pigs has recently had five piglets. In a few months they will be sold to make some money for the school.

The pig with four of her piglets

The pig with four of her piglets

At the moment we have six adult females and one adult male and want to increase the numbers as part of our plans for long-term sustainability.

Women’s savings group

We have helped a group of 15 women to set up a savings scheme. Each week they all save a small amount of money and, when there is enough, the money is lent to one of the women to help them start or expand a small business. When they pay back the loan the money is lent to another member and the cycle continues. They run a variety of businesses including sewing, beads, hair and beauty salons, and market stalls.

The women's savings group

The women’s savings group

Getting regular paid employment is not easy in Nairobi, especially for refugees who may face discrimination or have limited language skills, so these small businesses make a huge difference to these women and their families.

English classes for adult refugees

As well as running the school we also assist adult refugees. Many of them arrive In Kenya speaking little or no English so we have started English classes to help them learn the language.

English class for adult refugees at CVC

English class for adult refugees at CVC

English class for adult refugees at CVC

English class for adult refugees at CVC

School lunch now fully funded

We would like to thank All Stars For Jesus, a children’s Christian group from Kansas in the US for their generosity in fully funding our school’s lunchtime feeding programme.

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Children eating lunch at school

Margareta’s visit to CVC

Margareta Turos, a teacher and photographer from Hungary, visited the school in January. The children and staff were all very happy to see her

Margareta with some of the children

Margareta with some of the children

If you would like to visit, please contact us.

(Click on a photo to see a larger version. All photos are by Margareta Turos)